August 5, 2008

Cherry and Chocolate Semifreddo

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I have read a lot about semifreddo which is supposed to be much lighter than ice cream but most of the recipes are custard based. I didn't want adding egg yolks which will make the semifreddo richer than the ice cream I usually make. I found a recipe for strawberry semifreddo that uses egg whites and heavy cream. I substituted chopped bing cherries and added shaved bittersweet chocolates similar to Cherry Garcia ice cream but much lighter, sort of in between ice cream and ice pop. I also poured the mixture in a loaf pan and sliced them for a simpler and easier method of serving. Enjoy the slices with chocolate or cherry sauce or almond cookies, if desired.

Cherry And Chocolate Semifreddo
1 cup fresh bing cherries, pitted and snipped or coarsely chopped
½ cup shaved chocolate candy bar (milk, semi-sweet or bittersweet)
4 egg whites (powder)
2½ teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ cup sugar (add more to taste)
1½ cup heavy cream, whipped
chocolate sauce, cherry coulis, or amaretti cookies (optional)
  • Place chopped cherries in one layer on a plate and leave in the freezer. Chill chocolate in the refrigerator.
  • In a stand mixer, whip egg whites and vanilla extract until frothy. Gradually beat in sugar. Beat until stiff but not dry. Fold in whipped cream. Chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  • Line an 8 x 4 inch loaf pan with plastic film allowing 6 inch overhang on each side. Put some of the cherries and chocolate evenly on the bottom of the pan then ladle about a third of the chilled cream and egg whites. Freeze for 15 minutes. Repeat layering procedure with the remaining cherries/chocolate and cream/egg whites. Cover top with the plastic film overhang. Freeze for 3 hours or overnight.
  • Slice and serve with chocolate or cherry sauce. Or allow to soften for 5 minutes and use ice cream scoop and spoon into dessert glasses.


What's Cookin Chicago said...

This looks beautiful! I have yet to make a semi-freddo but have plans to make it before the summer ends to take advantage of the great summer fruits in season.

Anonymous said...

Saw this on RM, been wanting to make semifreddo whole summer, now I've seen yours, it gives an extra "push" :)

Oggi said...

Joelen and Zita, I already have a few fruit semifreddo recipes lined up for the summer.:)

Jescel said...

oh my.. i've been thinking of trying to do a semi-fredo but i get intimidated... but yours look yummy. hmmnn..

Jersey Girl Cooks said...

Just found your blog. Nice summer dessert! I just bought a new ice cream maker today and can't wait to use it. I need to try a semifreddo.

Lori Lynn said...

Fabulous. Chocolate and cherries, match made in heaven. Nice light summery idea, too!

Chibog in Chief said...

oh my this is too much oggi!! im gaining weight already just staring at these beauties :-)

Oggi said...

Jescel, semifreddo is a lot easier to make than ice cream or cakes.:)

Lisa, thanks for visiting and happy churning!:)

Lori Lynn, I like that it is lighter and healthier than ice cream, chockful of cherries too.:)

Dhanggit, you can afford to, you are very thin!:)

 gmirage said...

This looks like a crossover of icecream-cake! wow!

test it comm said...

That looks so good! Cherry and chocolate is a great combination.

Oggi said...

G, oh yeah, it looks like ice cream cake.:)

Kevin, thanks. Cherries and chocolate combo is one of my favorites with ice cream, cakes, and shortbreads.:)

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